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Twins Vs. Pirates: Danny Valencia's Homer Leads Minnesota To Spring Training Victory

Fine games by Casey McGehee and Erik Bedard weren’t enough as the Pirates lost 4-2 to the Minnesota Twins Saturday afternoon.

McGehee, who will likely be part of the Pirates’ bench this year, went 3-for-3 with two doubles and made a couple strong defensive plays at third base, and Bedard allowed one hit and no walks while striking out three in three strong innings to start the game.

Joel Hanrahan entered in the fourth and struck out two batters in his only inning pitched, but Jo-Jo Reyes entered in the fifth and allowed four runs, the last two of which came on a homer by Danny Valencia.

Jason Grilli and Juan Cruz pitched scoreless innings to end the game, as the Pirates used the opportunity to play a number of hitters from minor-league camp. That included infielder Elevys Gonzalez, who had a double in his only at-bat.

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Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.